Tom Robinson

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Last Show: Saturday 17 th February 2018

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

An intimate evening with songsmith, broadcaster, activist and raconteur Tom Robinson. Born in 1950, Tom Robinson was mentored by Alexis Korner and first discovered by Ray Davies, who produced his debut album with Café Society back in 1975. His musical journey has included getting banned by the BBC for being Glad To be Gay, fighting fascism alongside The Clash, playing Glastonbury with Peter Gabriel, writing lyrics for Elton John, drug smuggling in East Germany, two nervous breakdowns and a period in tabloid hell after falling in love with a woman.

For part of the evening Tom will showcasing songs from his 1984 Album 'War Baby: Hope & Glory' in his three night run of small band shows at the new Pizza Express Live club in Holborn with regular band members Andy Treacey on drums, Jim Simmons on piano, and saxophonist Tim Sanders. 'War Baby' was released as a single on 4 June 1983, peaking at No. 6 on the UK singles chart, on 25 June 1983, and spent a total of nine weeks in the Top 40.

Subsequently forgiven by the BBC, he has presented programmes on all seven of the corporation's national radio networks, and won two Sony Radio Academy awards for his warm and accessible broadcasting style. And after a twenty year recording hiatus, his 2015 comeback LP Only The Now was awarded 4/5 stars in Mojo, 8/10 in Uncut and made a 6 Music Album Of The Day.

Since Tom's 1978 breakthrough album Power In The Darkness supported causes like Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International, some reviewers have noted similar 'extreme political views' in several songs on the new record. "It's odd" muses Robinson "that nowadays believing in fairness, tolerance and justice seems to make you an extremist."

This show revisits the back catalogue of a master craftsman. Little-known gems sit alongside classics such as 'War Baby', 'Glad to Be Gay' and '2-4-6-8 Motorway' - interspersed with hilarious anecdotes from five decades on the wilder fringes of the music industry.